Cliché-o-matic: “Word Salad!”

Asked during a defence-policy forum on Wednesday whether that means he doesn’t actually have a plan, Mr. Trump served up a delicious word salad.
–Adam Radwanski, Globe and Mail, Sept. 10, 2016.

What Trump, in that word salad, calls the “certain way” that Putin is in Crimea is called annexation, enforced by the Russian army.
–George F. Will, Postmedia, Aug. 4, 2016.

If your research takes you to multiple sources for information and inspiration, it’s easy for others’ work to get mixed in with your word salad (not my phrase: I’ve seen it somewhere else).
–Tom New, Ottawa Petfinder, June 20, 2016.

The jokes are densely packed, and the film merits a second watch simply to try to catch everything that goes by too fast – every nonsense bit of word salad from Connor’s “Catchphrase Verse,” for example.
–Katie Walsh, Hamilton Spectator, June 4, 2016.

You’re probably not even enjoying yourself. You may be deeply regretting having gotten mixed up with this dreary word salad.
–Cathal Kelly, Globe and Mail, April 5, 2016.

Consider DCDLS’s word-salad description of a bandshell at LeBreton, like a permanent version of the Bluesfest stage: “From the NAC string quartet on a summer’s night to a rock concert; from crowds cheering on our Olympic hockey game to watching Canadian election debates, the Bandshell reaches into the square to embraces the audience at the corner of Canada Square.”
–David Reevely, Ottawa Petfinder, Jan. 30, 2016.

Let’s lighten the mood with some comedy, shall we? Sarah Palin has endorsed Donald Trump. Yup, that’s what I said. She endorsed him with a long, rambling speech — one writer called it a ‘word salad‘, which perfectly sums it up.
–Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Jan 21, 2016.

To the uninitiated, square dance calling may seem a semi-coherent word salad running through the two-step music it overlays.
–J.R. Rardon, Parksville Qualicum Beach News, Oct. 22, 2015.

Trump was at the centre of the action. (The explanation he coughed for his refusal to take that pledge was a combination of word salad and verbal hash.)
–John Heilemann, Ottawa Petfinder, Aug. 8, 2015.

Winner: Ottawa Petfinder, 3.

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One comment on “Cliché-o-matic: “Word Salad!”
  1. John MacLachlan Gray says:

    “Word salad” is, believe it or not, a neurological term. Now it’s used by writers who want to appear clever and/or are unfamiliar with the word “gibberish.”

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